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Color Gel Portraits

Photo by Victoria Kosmicki

Working with their knowledge of color theory and of portrait photography, students in Digital Photography worked with studio lighting and colored gels to create these dynamic portraits. Students also developed their skills in directing a model and creating interesting poses as they photographed their subject.

ERHS Event Flyers 2018

Students in Digital Imaging designed flyers for upcoming events (and some that just happened) at El Rancho. Students focused on creating a clear visual hierarchy in presenting the information. They also attempted to create a design that fit the chosen event. Take a look!

Wildlife Photos

Students in Digital Photography attempted to capture a unique photograph of wildlife. They quickly learned about the incredible level of patience needed to be a photographer for National Geographic. Students also were required to identify the species they photographed and upload the results to iNaturalist. 

Coyote, Rose Hills – Mauro Medina


Memory Project 2017: Philippines

The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, and extreme poverty.

This year, each student in AP Studio Art & Advanced Art received a photograph of a child from the Philippines and worked diligently to create a portrait for that child. As part of the project, the class raised $600 to donate to the organization. The money was used partly to deliver the portraits, but they also funded nutritional programs to further aid the children. 

Thank you to all who donated to help us make this project possible. Now watch this video and look at the portraits!

Memory Project 2017: Philippines from Mr Diaz on Vimeo.



“Shadow owes its birth to light.” – John Gay

By positioning the light source behind the subject and controlling exposure, students in Digital Photography created these fantastic silhouettes. 

Ashley Reyes

Ashley Reyes


Karina Carillo

Karina Carillo

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Shutter Speed Photographs 2017

In Photography, Shutter Speed is the amount of time (in seconds or fractions of a second) the shutter on a camera opens up to allow the image sensor (or film in the olden days) to capture light and create an image. Students in digital photography learned how to use shutter speed to create a variety of effects in photographs of moving objects. 

FREEZING MOTION: Students used a very fast shutter speed to freeze their subject in the photo.

Alexis Zacarias, 1/4000 sec.


Isaiah Hernandez, 1/4000 sec.


Ashley Gonzalez, 1/640 sec.

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AP STUDIO ART: Concentration Series Gallery

In AP Studio Art, a section of the portfolio requires students to create a series of artworks that address a single concept developed by each student. Here are the concentration series that the students created this year: https://apstudioarterhs.wordpress.com/

Cinemagraphs – Animated GIF Projects

Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs, forming a video clip. They are published as an animated GIF or in other video formats, and can give the illusion that the viewer is watching an animation.

Cinemagraphs are made by taking a series of photographs or a video recording, and, using image editing software, compositing the photographs or the video frames into a seamless loop of sequential frames. This is done in such a way that motion in part of the subject between exposures (for example, a person’s dangling leg) is perceived as a repeating or continued motion, in contrast with the stillness of the rest of the image.

The term “cinemagraph” was coined by U.S. photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, who used the technique to animate their fashion and news photographs beginning in early 2011.

Here is a selection of cinemagraphs from students in Digital Imaging.

Infinite bubbles by Melanie Gallegos.


This cinemagraph by Justin Delira sums up this school year. Fortunately, the end is near.

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Teen Read Week 2017

Students in Digital Imaging were asked to design desktop backgrounds for the ERHS Library computers. Students created original designs that promote reading. See the top designs here.